Intermediate grammar exercise: past simple

English grammar practice exercise, for pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

In this exercise you will practise the past simple tense.

Exercise instructions:
Use the words in brackets to complete each of the following. All the sentences are in the past simple.


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Structure of past simple
positive negative question
I / you /
he / she / it /
we / they
arrived.
I / you /
he / she / it /
we / they
didn’t arrive.
Did
I / you / he / she / it /
we / they
arrive?
Past simple – common mistakes
Common mistakes Correct version Why?
I was work in London. I worked in London. In positive sentences, a helping verb such as was or did is not used.
He worked in London? Did he work in London? The helping verb did is used in past simple questions.
Worked he in London? Did he work in London? The helping verb did is used in past simple questions.
Did he wrote a letter? Did he write a letter? The main verb is used in the infinitive form in questions and negatives.
He didn't wrote a letter. He didn't write a letter. The main verb is used in the infinitive form in questions and negatives.
He writed a letter. He wrote a letter. Some verbs are irregular. Not all verbs end in -ed in the past simple form.